County Executive Awards Given to Eight for Excellence in Arts and Humanities

Honorees recognized at ceremony in Bethesda on Monday


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The 2017 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities were given out on Monday in Bethesda. From left: Cassie Meador of Dance Exchange; Suzan Jenkins, the CEO of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County; Jeremy Flick of CREATE Arts Center; Chelsey Green of The Green Project; Catherine Leggett; County Executive Ike Leggett; Muriel “Mimi” Hom of Opera International; Elli Swink of Damascus Theatre Company; Michael Angell of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Phillip Brown of Montgomery County Woodturners; Allison Weiss of Sandy Spring Museum; and Eric Siegel, the chairman of the board of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

PHOTO FROM ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 to correct the name of the ballet group that performed.

Eight people and groups were recognized Monday in the 16th Annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and his wife, Catherine Leggett, presented community leaders with the awards during a ceremony at the Round House Theater in Bethesda.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, which hosted the event, posted information about each winner on its website. The honorees are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Muriel “Mimi” Hom of Opera International in Bethesda, which encourages young people to appreciate opera and works with aspiring vocalists
  • Lifetime Impact Award: Phillip Brown of Montgomery County Woodturners in Rockville, which trains people in the craft of using a wood lathe with handheld tools
  • Business or Individual Patron Award: Michael Angell of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, which gives grants for conservation, performing arts and social causes
  • Community Award: Allison Weiss of Sandy Spring Museum, which explores community history through visual, literary and performing arts
  • Education Award: CREATE Arts Center in Silver Spring, which offers art therapy and education
  • Emerging Leader Award: Cassie Meador of Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, a nonprofit committed to dancemaking
  • Outstanding Artist or Scholar Award: Chelsey Green, a recording artist with The Green Project, which performs and educational music workshops
  • Volunteer Award: Elli Swink of Damascus Theatre Company, a nonprofit that offers live performing arts.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County hosted the event, which included performances by Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore, Flying V Theatre, Metropolitan Ballet Theatre, Bel Cantanti Opera and Jazz Encounters. There also was a screening from Gandhi Brigade Youth Media.

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